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Today's afternoon Cubs-Reds game featured a bench-clearing when Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman almost hit Nate Schierholtz with one of his triple-digit pitches not once, but twice.

Was Chapman trying to hit Schierholtz in a tie game in the ninth with one out? Probably not. Still, the Cubs dugout started yelling at him after the strikeout, which seemed reasonable. Even if this was just about Chapman's shitty control, they probably felt required to stick up for their teammate and say, "Hey, don't kill our outfielder, please."


That wasn't the end of it, though. After Chapman closed out the inning, he waved at the Cubs dugout. When the broadcast returned from break, both benches had cleared. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected, just a lot of shoving and yelling and your usual milling about on the field.

The Cubs won in 12 innings, 6-4.

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